Persuasive Essay On Electric Cars

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Automobiles have not changed much in the last 60 years. While they have gotten faster, safer, and more efficient, there have not been any major changes in the technology used since the first cars were brought to market in the early 1900s. They still use an internal combustion engine, use gasoline as fuel, emit exhaust that harms the environment, require fueling up at gas stations, need oil changes, and have many moving parts, making it more likely something breaks and needs repaired. It is time to revolutionize the automotive industry and fix all of these problems and more. There is one type of car that can do that: electric cars. It is time to move to electric cars, because they have lower operating and maintenance costs, have higher performance …show more content…
While these are reasonable concerns, they may not be as big of an issue as some people initially think. Starting with being inconvenient to charge, it depends on what situation the car is being charged in. If it is just following a day-to-day schedule, an electric car can easily be fully charged at the owner’s home overnight, which can actually be more convenient that going to a gas station to fill up. Regarding range, while the range offered by different electric vehicles can vary wildly, with several high-end cars getting three to four times the range of low-end ones, the majority cars will be able to get a person through an entire day on one charge, and be able to be fully charged and ready for the next day. Taking a long-distance trip, however, is when charging and range can become an issue. Most electric cars support a quick charge capability, where at a charging station, the batteries can be charged to about 80% in about 30 minutes, getting enough range to get to the next charging station (Deal III). A few manufacturers even offer this service for free. While this can be more inconvenient than taking a few minutes to fill up a tank of gas, trips certainly are not impossible, and ranges and charge times will continue to be improved as the technology is upgraded. The other major issue is a higher purchase cost compared to many internal combustion engine cars. While there is a higher up-front cost, there are various factors that bring the net cost back down. In addition to the operation and maintenance savings discussed earlier, several major governments offer financial incentives for buying electric vehicles. In the United States, a buyer can receive up to $7,500 in tax credit for buying an electric vehicle (Graham). These add up to make electric cars much

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